March 2015 El Paso Volunteer Bulletin

Latinitas Volunteer Bulletin March 2015
In This Issue:
Women’s Day, Viva La Mujer,  Chica Power Fest,  Community Events, Teen Leaders, Internships & Mentors Wanted

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’s DAY
March 7 from 10am-2pm 7000 Edgemere
Girls and moms are invited to celebrate International Women’s Day with activities promoting girl power, confidence and self-expression. The event features a film screening of short films about strong women leaders, a celebration of women in history as well as hands-on art, poetry and musical activities. Volunteers are needed to help with set-up, registration, decorating, aiding girls with art projects and helping with team building activities. For more information, contact latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or 219.8554.

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VIVA LA MUJER
March 27 from 5:30-8:30pm Cafe Mayapan – 2000 Texas Ave.
To honor Women’s History Month, this event showcases local female talent and celebrates notable women in history. Viva la Mujer will feature an art exhibit and live entertainment. This event will also serve as a scholarship benefit to support educational scholarships for young women leaders with a silent auction and loteria game fundraiser. Volunteers are needed to serve on the planning team to help with promotion, recruiting performers, organizing speakers, decorating, collecting silent auction donations, selling tickets, getting prizes, obtaining sponsorship and organizing the agenda. We also seeking booth vendors, auction item donations and performers. Volunteers are also needed to assist the day of the special event with set-up, registration or breakdown. To volunteer, please email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or call 915.219.8554.

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CHICA POWER FEST
April 18 from 9:30am-3:30pm UTEP Union
The focus of the event is to encourage girls to build confidence, discover their voice, express themselves, promote healthy lifestyles and make wise decisions. The event will feature informative and inspirational workshops, guest speakers, panelists, booth fair and multimedia presentations led by local female leaders on topics such as body image, confidence, peer pressure, media literacy, leadership, healthy relationships, cultural identity and bullying. An information fair will highlight booths featuring community groups and local youth resources. Pre-teen and teen girls will discuss the challenges facing girls today and explore positive ways to deal with stress through hands-on creative expression activities revolving around poetry, acting, photography, art and song. Girls will also enjoy dance performances, a fashion show and music entertainment.

EVENT PLANNING VOLUNTEERS:
-Recruit workshop speakers & entertainment
-Recruit sponsors for snacks, door prizes & goody bag items
-Invite nonprofits to host informational booths
-Help with promotion
For more information, contact Alicia latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or 219.8554.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS
Latinitas is hosting art and self-expression activities at several upcoming community events. Volunteers are need to assist girls with art projects:
* Segundo Barrio Event – March 21 from 10am to 1pm at Lydia Patterson Gym (517 Florence)
* Cesar Chavez Artist Festival – March 21 from 9am to 1pm at Downtown Artist Market (117 Anthony St.)
* Be YOUnique Self-Esteem Workshop – March 26 from 4:30pm to 6pm at Judge Marquez Library (610 N. Yarbrough)
* KidsPalooza – March 28 from 10am-2pm at Downtown Library (501 N. Oregon)

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TEEN LEADERS WANTED
Be a mentor for younger girls We are recruiting high school girls to serve as teen leaders to mentor younger girls. The group meets monthly one Saturday each month throughout the school year. The program will encourage girls to grow strong, healthy and confident as they develop leadership skills, connect with female role models, learn ways to overcome peer pressure, boost their self-esteem, learn about the importance of education and explore career options. Teen Leaders will serve as a youth advisory board, help with recruitment and promotion, aid with workshop planning, assist our workshop presenters, serve as mentors for girls, guide small team activities and lead icebreakers and teambuilders. To join, complete our online application: http://laslatinitas.com/volunteer/volunteerapplication ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES:
We are currently recruiting fall interns in the following areas – Marketing & Public Relations, Graphic Design, Web Design, Photography, Video Production, Youth Outreach, Translation and Event Planning. Interns will make a difference in the lives of local girls while gaining valuable hands-on experience, developing their portfolio and building their resume. If you are interested, please email your resume to latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or call us at 915.219.8554 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

MENTORS WANTED FOR AFTER-SCHOOL CLUBS
Volunteers are needed to serve as mentors for girls in grades 4-8th and help guide girls with hands-on creative expression and self-esteem boosting activities. These clubs meet once a week from 5-6:30pm, so on-going volunteering is welcome. If you are interested in helping, please email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or call us at 915.219.8554
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Latinitas Celebrate Women in History (El Paso, TX)

 

WHAT: International Women’s Day Celebration

WHEN: March 7 from 10am to 2pm

WHERE: 7000 Edgemere

WHO: The event is open to girls ages 10-17 along with their moms.

WHY: Girls and moms are invited to celebrate International Women’s Day with activities promoting girl power, confidence and self-expression. The event features a film screening of short films about strong women leaders, a celebration of women in history as well as hands-on art, poetry and musical activities. The workshop is presented by the American Association of University Women and Latinitas. For more information, call 915.219.8554, email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or visit www.laslatinitas.com

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Girl empowerment comes to UTEP – Prospector Feature

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Girl empowerment comes to UTEP

 The college chica workshop will be held Feb.21 at the Mike Loya Services building.

http://www.theprospectordaily.com/

Julia Hettiger, Staff Reporter
February 17, 2015
Filed under Entertainment

Latinitas, an organization that works  to empower young Latina girls, will be collaborating with UTEP to host their College Chica Workshop. The purpose of the workshop is to explain the importance of college through campus visits, presentations and other activities.

The event will take place on Feb. 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mike Loya Academic Services building. Girls ages nine to  17 are encouraged to attend and learn about the importance of education.

“We want girls to walk away inspired to focus on education and to give them the tools they need to get ready for college early,” said Alicia Rascon, co founder of Latinitas.

The girls who attend the workshop will have the opportunity to meet with college mentors and interview professional women with college degrees.

“The workshops will give girls a breakdown of the steps needed to apply for college and how they can start preparing throughout middle and high school to get ready for college,” Rascon said.

There will be workshops to help girls prepare financially for college by covering the basics of financial aid.

“We will also help girls in planning how they can fund their college education through financial aid and scholarships,” Rascon said.

Participants will go on a tour of UTEP and meet with student leaders, giving them the chance to ask questions and get hands-on experience from current college students.

They will also work in teams to create public service announcements to help share the importance of college with their peers.

Rascon and her colleagues at Latinitas hope to recruit 100 girls from middle and high schools in the El Paso area for the event.

“Latinitas offers numerous outreach programs to help empower girls to build confidence, discover their voice and grow as leaders,” Rascon said.

The College Chica Workshops offer many other programs and activities to encourage girls to be leaders and take charge in many aspects of their lives.

“We host monthly girl empowerment programs and offer ongoing after-school programs in partnership with local schools and community centers,” Rascon said.

Latinitas will also be having an event titled Viva la Mujer as a celebration for Women’s History Month on Mar. 27, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Café Mayapan at 2000 Texas Ave. They will also be collaborating with the UTEP Women in Business Association to host their Girl Power Fest in April.

Latinitas is located at 215 N. Mesa. For more information, call 915-219-8554.

Julia Hettiger may be reached at the prospectordaily.ent@gmail.com.

- See more at: http://www.theprospectordaily.com/entertainment/2015/02/17/girl-empowerment-comes-to-utep/#sthash.eHgNP5cG.dpuf

February 2015 El Paso Volunteer Bulletin

Latinitas Volunteer Bulletin
February 2015

In This Issue
College Chica
Be YOUnique
V-Day
Teen Leaders
Women’s Day
Viva La Mujer
Girl Empowerment Fellows
Internships
Mentors Wanted

COLLEGE CHICA – February 21 from 9am-2:30pm
at UTEP Mike Loya Academic Services Building
Join us in encouraging girls to begin planning for college. This event will feature hands-on activities and presentations on the importance of education and how to
prepare for higher learning.

EVENT VOLUNTEERS:
Volunteers are needed to help throughout the event with set-up, decorating, assisting with registration, helping workshop presenters, serving lunch, guiding small team
activities, mentoring girls, acting as role models and breaking down.

CAREER PANEL – 10:30-11:30AM
We need volunteers to share their professional experience with our girls in a panel format presentation and to discuss how college helped them reach their goals.

COLLEGE PANEL – 11:30-1:30PM
We need volunteers to share their college experience with our students, discuss steps to prepare for college and answer questions from our girls.
For more information, contact Alicia latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or 219.8554.
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BE YOUNIQUE TRAINING SESSION
February 20 at 12-1:30pm at the Cafe Mayapan – 2000 Texas Ave.
Want to help girls boost their self-esteem, foster a healthy body image and develop confidence? We are recruiting Be YOUnique committee members to help make self-esteem presentations in the community. Join us for this training session to take on a leadership role in this group. To volunteer, please email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or call 915.219.8554.
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V-DAY CELEBRATION
February 14 at 5:30-8:30pm at La Mujer Obrera (2000 Texas Ave.)
Latinitas will be hosting arts & crafts activities at the V-day celebration raising awareness of violence against women. Volunteers are needed to aid children with
arts & crafts and games as well as assist with distributing informational materials. To volunteer, please email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or call 915.219.8554.
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TEEN LEADERS WANTED – Be a mentor for younger girls
We are recruiting high school girls to serve as teen leaders to mentor younger girls. The group meets monthly one Saturday each month throughout the school year.
The program will encourage girls to grow strong, healthy and confident as they develop leadership skills, connect with female role models, learn ways to overcome
peer pressure, boost their self-esteem, learn about the importance of education and explore career options. Teen Leaders will serve as a youth advisory board,
help with recruitment and promotion, aid with workshop planning, assist our workshop presenters, serve as mentors for girls, guide small team activities and lead icebreakers and teambuilders.For more information, contact latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or 219.8554.
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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’s DAY
March 7 from 10am-2pm
7000 Edgemere
Girls and moms are invited to celebrate International Women’s Day with activities promoting girl power, confidence and self-expression. The event features a film
screening of short films about strong women leaders, a celebration of women in history as well as hands-on art, poetry and musical activities. Volunteers are
needed to help with set-up, registration, decorating, aiding girls with art projects and helping with team building activites. For more information, contact latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or 219.8554.
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VIVA LA MUJER – JOIN OUR PLANNING TEAM
March 27 from 5:30-8:30pm
Cafe Mayapan – 2000 Texas Ave.
To honor Women’s History Month, this event showcase local female talent and celebrate notable women in history. Viva la Mujer will feature an art exhibit and live entertainment. This event will also serve as a scholarship benefit to support educational scholarships for young women leaders with a silent auction and loteria game fundraiser. Volunteers are needed to serve on the planning team to help with promotion, recruiting performers, organizing speakers, decorating, collecting silent auction donations, selling tickets, getting prizes, obtaining sponsorship and organizing the agenda. We also seeking booth vendors, auction item donations and performers. Volunteers are also needed to assist the day of the special event with set-up, registration or breakdown.To volunteer, please email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or call 915.219.8554.

Latinitas Alumni Profile: Sara Martinez

CHICA PROFILE: SARA MARTINEZSaraMartinez
In 2004, a 6th grader, Sara Martinez joined Club Latinitas. She  now is currently a journalism major at UT Austin. Recently, Sara came full circle back to Latinitas by joining our youth editorial advisory board. We are so proud to have her back! Eleven years ago, Sara Martinez joined one of the first Latinitas after school programs at Martin Middle School in Austin, TX. Her journey from then to now – becoming a musician, traveling to Japan, studying cosmetology, using that skill to afford college and apply to the University of Texas at Austin and now plans to be an international journalist is more than inspiring and impressive – it’s the dream we had for every chica who walked in Latinitas’ door!  Below Sara shares what Latinitas meant to her growing up, but also, more so, what a dynamic and thoughtful person she has always been.

What did you like about cutting hair/studying cosmetology?

SM: Ever since I was a little girl. Something that I cared about was my hair because I felt like it was part of my identity. A different style, color or cut can dramatically change a person’s image and self confidence, and that was something that attracted me to cosmetology. I liked studying cosmetology because I enjoyed watching how a person’s self confidence would go up after getting something done to their hair. Seeing their smile after seeing the finished product was something that kept me going throughout my years at cosmetology school.

What is it that draws you to journalism?

SM: When I was younger, I was very shy and stuttered frequently. I felt like I had no voice so I really liked to express myself through writing and social media which I discovered through Latinitas in middle school. Deep down inside through my years in high school, I felt that I wanted to study in college something that would help improve myself as a person. Because of my love of journalism, I have a physical voice now because I want to be heard. My stuttering and shyness in front of big groups of people has gone away because of my love of expressing my opinion. Majoring in journalism not only gives me the chance to be a voice but to also make sure that other people’s voices are being heard as well.

What’s next for Sara Martinez?

SM: My dream is to become an international music and fashion journalist. I’m expected to graduate with a degree in Journalism and a minor in fashion design next year. I’ve been studying Japanese for about four years now and I got a chance to live there during the summer of 2013; it is an experience that I hold very dear to my heart. I’m hoping to relocate to Japan after graduation so I can become a native speaker and attend a Japanese language school while looking for work. I want to find work in the Japanese television and magazine industry because that is a big market in Japan. During my trip, I discovered that although American pop culture is well known there, our actual culture is confusing to understand at times because it is completely different compared to Japanese culture. I want to become a bridge and a voice that will help Japanese people understand as to why things are the way they are in America. My love of learning and culture is something that has set me apart from a typical Latina and I think its because of my mixed heritage and being a first-generation american in my family. Given the chance to go to one of the top universities in the world and being part of a top ranked program has taught me that if I try really hard and follow my heart, then amazing things are possible. I want to be a person that can be looked up to.

What’s something about you that sets you apart as a “Latinita?”

SM: Latinitas was the reason why I was able to work my way to becoming the person that I am today. Coming from a family that is considered lower class here, made me think that I wouldn’t be able accomplish much in life. But looking back, I feel that I have accomplished so much and I haven’t even graduated college yet. Being a Latinita brought my self-confidence up and has given me the drive to make a difference like Laura, the CEO of Latinitas Magazine. What sets me apart as a “Latinita” is that I am confident and although I know that I make mistakes, that will never bring me down. Being mentored by Laura taught me that many things are possible and that dreams do come true if you are strong enough to pull through all the hard obstacles that come our way. Being a “Latinita” is something important because wherever this life takes me, the lessons and experiences with Latinitas will always be with me and giving me the drive to make a difference.

Upcoming Events

UPCOMING EVENTS: Code Chica (Feb.28) Austin, TX & International Women’s Day (Mar.7) El Paso, TX

CODE CHICA – AUSTIN, TX
February 28 from 12pm – 2pm
Southeast Branch, Austin Public Library, 5803 Nuckols Crossing Road, Austin, TX 78744
Code Chica is back with a focus on video game design and development and even some fun electrical engineering applied to stuff girls like. Chicas ages 9-18 and their families are welcome. Register online NOW.

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY – EL PASO, TX
March 7 from 10am to 2pm at 7000 Edgemere
Girls and moms are invited to celebrate International Women’s Day with activities promoting girl power, confidence and self-expression. The event features a film screening of short films about strong women leaders, a celebration of women in history as well as hands-on art, poetry and musical activities. The workshop is presented by the American Association of University Women and Latinitas. RSVP Now.

El Paso January 2015 ENEWSLETTER

LATINITAS E-NEWSLETTER – JANUARY

IN THIS ISSUE

100 Mujeres
Aim High Spotlight
Volunteer Spotlight
Nominate a Leader
Intern Spotlight
About Latinitas

UPCOMING EVENTS:
HEALTHY CHICA WORKSHOP
January 31 from 10am-3pm
El Paso First – 1145 Westmoreland
Girls  ages 10-17
This day of girl power  features  inspirational guest speakers, dance and fitness activities, and hands-on workshops promoting  healthy  choices, nutrition, wellness
and confidence.

TO RSVP ONLINE: visit  http://laslatinitas.com/programs/registration
Contact us at latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or 915.219.8554.
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100 MUJERES CAMPAIGN

During this season of giving, invest in the next generation of young Latina leaders. Latinitas is kicking-off a campaign to rally women to help ensure the  future success
of young Latinas. We are starting a movement to unite  100 mujeres in the cause  of empowering young Latinas. Your monthly donation of $10 can make a significant
difference in  helping empower Latinitas to build confidence, discover their voice and  become leaders.

How does your $100 donation make a difference?

$10 a month for 10 months helps cover…
-sponsorship for a week-long half day summer camp for 1 girl
-give 5 girls a field trip to a college campus
-sponsor 1 girl in our after school program for 1 full semester
-host a multimedia arts empowerment workshop for 10 girls
-help 10 girls attend one of our girl empowerment conferences
-media training for 1 youth editorial advisory board member for 1 semester
-contribute towards a $500 university scholarship for a college leader

<a href=”http://laslatinitas.com/events/100-mujeres-campaign” track=”on” >Make a
donation online now. </a>
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AIM HIGH SPOTLIGHT
On November 1, Latinitas held its annual Aim High event to help young girls in   middle school through high school learn about different career  options. We had
multiple guest  speakers sharing their experience with the girls including Anna Mattersdorf, Tina Williams, Lucy Hernandez, Monica Cortez, Maritza Holguin and Dr.
Christiane Herber-Valdez. Our girls interviewed professional like  meteorologists, doctors, computer scientists, physics professors, health  professionals, science
and math teachers. Our girls also had a chance  to design their own bridge structure in an engineering activity, create  their own computer game, interview college students about their  career aspirations and make their own video and  photography project sharing their career goals.  Here is what a few of our girls shared about their
experience:

* I liked how we learned how to be prepared for college and careers to start thinking about. I liked how they motivated you. -Aracely
* Everything was wonderful! I liked everything from the guest speakers to the different career choice stations. – Zavia
* I  enjoyed everything! I liked when I made a  bridge, took a video as a doctor,played medical bingo and more.  -Victoria
* I enjoyed hearing all sorts  of people talk about their careers, what to do in college and to help others. -Anassa
* What  I enjoyed the most was learning the different careers that you can  choose from and how to get there. Also, how people came across their  career and how they never gave up. – Karla
* What I enjoyed the most was how to prepare for college. Also, I enjoyed participating in the computer science activity. – Emily

Thank you to our Partner Organizations: American Association of University Women, Texas Girls Collaborative, Mexican-American Engineering Society, Women in Computing, Women in Business Association, Texas Tech Women in Medicine & Science, UTEP Physics Department,Wells Fargo, El Paso Electric, American Society of Civil Engineers, Future Educators of Math & Science, Biological Student Association.
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VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: AIM HIGH CO-CHAIRS

We  would like to extend our deep gratitude to our Aim HIgh Co-Chairs,  Stephanie Moreno and Lucy Hernandez, for working diligently to put  together this excellent
learning opportunity for our girls.

Lucia  Hernandez was  motivated to join Latinitas because she wanted “to give  back to my  community.” She has a masters in public health from UTEP and  currently
works at the YWCA coordinating the Two Should Know program.  “I feel that  with  my experience in the work force I have skills that  can help move  the mission of
the Latinitas forward. I hope to help  young Latina women embrace themselves and  become strong, confident,  independent woman.”

Stephanie  Moreno is completing her graduate degree at UTEP and recently got  accepted into medical school. “I wanted to get involved with the Aim  High STEM event because I feel  passionately about exposing girls to  science and technology and the  opportunities it can offer them in the  future,” she shared. “It is extremely  important to connect girls to  other women because it gives them an example that they can look up to. Volunteering with Latinitas has been an extremely rewarding experience   all around, but the best part has been connecting to the girls and   learning about their future dreams and goals. It has been very special   to work with them and make an impact in their lives.”
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FALL INTERN SPOTLIGHT
Thank  you to our dedicated and hardworking fall interns who contributed their talents and passionate throughout the semester to make an impact in empower the next generation.
Giselle Portillo
Graphic Design Intern
EPCC, Marketing Major
Latinitas helps me gain “real-world” experience in the field of advertising and  graphic design. I am eager to work for “Latinitas”  and be able to contribute to a helping organization like this one. “Latinitas” would be the first step to  help me gain the experience, grow and get exposure that I need in order to reach  my  goal of advertising and letting people know about good intentioned services.

Michelle Bretado
Marketing Intern
UTEP, Media Advertising Major
I’ve had  several friends intern with Latinitas and they had so many positive  things to say about the internship. I like that I can express my creativity, utilize  my communication skills, and learn from my peers.Participating in an  internship with
Latinitas will allow me to gain experience in my field  as well as empower young  teens in a positive way. This internship will  help me explore my career interests and gain experience working in my  field of study.

Karla Castillo
Web Design Intern
UTEP, Computer Science Major
I wanted to get involved because I heard that working with this organization was  a lot of  fun. And you only don’t learn about one area you could learn much more than that. I am currently working for a certification for Dreamweaver,  and Flash from Adobe because my career goals are to focus on webmaster.  Latinitas will help me reach my goals to gain real life  experience because I want to learn more about web pages.

El Paso Program Bulletin Jan/Feb 2015

LATINITAS PROGRAM BULLETIN – JANUARY 2015

IN THIS ISSUE

Girl Power Academy
Healthy Chica
Teen Leaders
College Chica

GIRL POWER ACADEMY
Latinitas is recruiting girls in grades 4-8th for our Girl Power workshop series. Girls will meet on a monthly basis throughout the semester to hear inspirational
guest speakers, participate in hands-on workshops, meet role models, build confidence, express themselves creatively and discuss girl power topics. The program will encourage girls to grow strong, healthy and confident as they develop leadership skills, connect with female role models, learn ways to overcome peer pressure, boost their self-esteem, learn about the importance of education and explore career options.

* BE YOUnique (January 24 from 1:30-3pm at Jose Cisneros Library – 1300 Hawkins) connect girls with leaders
* HEALTHY CHICA – (January 31 from 10am-3pm at El Paso First – 1145 Westmoreland) promotes health & wellness
* COLLEGE CHICA – (February 21 from 10am-2pm at UTEP) prepares girls for higher education
* WOMEN’S DAY – (March 7) helps girls learn about women leaders
* GIRL POWER FEST – (April) promotes confidence and leadership
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HEALTHY CHICA WORKSHOP
January 31 from 10am-3pm
El Paso First – 1145 Westmoreland
Girls ages 10-17 are invited to join us for a day of girl power featuring inspirational guest speakers and hands-on workshops promoting healthy choices, wellness and confidence. Girls will have an opportunity to participate in a yoga workshop, session on healthy eating, dance lesson and fitness activities. Join us for creative expression activities that will help girls de-stress, relax and rejuvenate. This workshop is hosted in partnership with El Paso First Health Plans. To pre-register, visit: http://laslatinitas.com/programs/registration
For more information, please contact Latinitas at 915.219.8554 or latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com
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TEEN LEADERS WANTED – BE A PEER MENTOR
We are recruiting high school girls to serve as teen leaders to mentor younger girls. The group meets monthly one Saturday each month throughout the school year.
Teen Leaders will serve as a youth advisory board, help with recruitment and promotion, aid with workshop planning, assist our workshop presenters, serve as mentors for girls, guide small team activities and lead icebreakers and teambuilders. For more information, contact us at latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or 915.219.8554.
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COLLEGE CHICA WORKSHOP
February 21 from 10am-2pm
UTEP Mike Loya Academic Services Building
Girls are invited to discover the importance of college and get an insider’s view of college life in the Latinitas College Chica workshop. Girls will have an opportunity
to tour the UTEP campus, meet college student mentors, attend workshops on the importance of education and participate in activities to start preparing for college.
This workshop is co-hosted by Latinitas and the UTEP Center for Civic Engagement. To pre-register, visit: http://laslatinitas.com/programs/registration
For more information, please contact Latinitas at 915.219.8554 or latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com
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Volunteer Spotlight, Maritza Lopez

maritzaMaritza Lopez is an outstanding Latinitas volunteer who is passionate about ensuring a healthy community as a health educator with El Paso First Health Plans. As a Latinitas volunteer, she has served as a guest speaker with our members, led health and wellness workshops and helped organize a Stay Teen workshop for our girls and moms. The Latinitas team greatly appreciates her excellent volunteer support as the event chair for our Healthy Chica conference. She has taken on a strong leadership role in coordinating this event by helping provide an event location, offering wellness workshops for girls, recruiting health speakers and hosting an excellent opportunity for our girls to grow strong, confident and healthy.

Why do you think it is important to promote health and wellness among young girls? It is important to promote health and wellness among young girls in order to empower them to care for themselves and have a better opportunity of success in life. Without health and wellness, young girl will have a much harder time excelling in school and eventually their career.

What health issues are you concerned about that impact the Hispanic community? Some of the health issues I am concerned about that really impact the Hispanic community are young, overweight girls which in most cases is a result of a poor and innutritious diet and lack of exercise. Another health issue is teen pregnancy among young Latina girls.

Why are you passionate about empowering young Latinas? Being a Latina myself, I think it is important to teach and encourage other young Latina girls to honor and respect themselves as well as their heritage by being strong and independent women. I believe it is through empowering young Latinas to care for themselves and become successful in life will ultimately create a stronger Hispanic community.

What do you enjoy most about volunteering with Latinitas? I really enjoy interacting with the young girls and talking to them about their interests and how they can use those interests to find out what careers and opportunities best fit their own, unique talents.

College Chica Prepares Girls for Higher Education (El Paso, TX)

COLLEGE CHICA PREPARES GIRLS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION

 

WHAT:  College Chica is a full-day conference centered around college attainment. The event will feature college prep workshops, a college student panel and keynote speakers presenting on the value of academic pursuit.

 

WHO: Girls ages 10-18 are invited to attend Latinitas’ College Chica conference. The event is co-hosed by Latinitas, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering young Latinas, and the UTEP Center for Civic Engagement.

 

WHEN: February 21 from 10am-2pm

 

WHERE: UTEP Mike Loya Academic Services Building

 

WHY: Young Latinas are suffering the highest rates of school drop out of all their female peers and College Chica is a direct effort to curb those statistics by demystifying the college experience. Girls are invited to discover the importance of college and get an insider’s view of college life. Girls will have an opportunity to tour the UTEP campus, meet college student mentors, attend workshops on the importance of education and participate in activities to start preparing for college. Sessions on video production, photography and blogging will feature investigative activities on why college is important, what it is like and how to afford it.

 

CONTACT: For more information, contact Latinitas 915.219.8554, or latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com.

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